Rota Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Rota

February 4, 2018 Viva Honore

Discover the best restaurant in Rota, Spain including Shanghai 1968, El Embarcadero, La Dolce Vita, O'Grady's Irish Bar, Badulaque, Arroceria Ballena, La Retama, Slice of New York Pizza, Casa Emilio de Rota, Pizza y pasta
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1. Shanghai 1968

Calle San Fernando 49, 11520 Rota, Spain Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Chinese, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +34 956 81 05 57
Excellent
49%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
4%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 229 reviews

Shanghai 1968

Reviewed By wildswanDelaware - Delaware

We enjoyed our lunch here on a rainy afternoon... interior decor is particularly tasteful, as is the innovative Chinese food... her chicken with vegetables was particularly light and flavorful; my 'special lo mein' noodle dish with shrimp, pork & chicken was colorful and tasty...both portions were plenty to share. The owner greets guests (and speaks English) and the servers are welcoming and friendly... multi-lingual menu helps, too.

2. El Embarcadero

Glorieta de Jose Maria Peman s/n, 11520 Rota, Spain Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Late Night HK$118 - HK$487 +34 956 84 63 30
Excellent
40%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
5%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 435 reviews

El Embarcadero

Reviewed By Abe259 - Dublin, Ireland

I've eaten here a few times and been impressed with almost everything. The mussels are excellent, and the smoked salmon toast is delicious. I've tried the baked fish in salt and although a little expensive I think it was worth it. The staff are nice...MoreDear Client, Thank you very much for your very nice words about our Restaurant el Embarcadero and about our food and service. We are very happy that you enjoyed it and we hope to welcome you back soon. Best regards, Sophie

3. La Dolce Vita

Calle de Perez de Bedoya 13, 11520 Rota, Spain Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Italian, Mediterranean, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +34 672 73 35 91
Excellent
67%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 336 reviews

La Dolce Vita

La Dolce Vita is a small Italian trattoria, located in the old town of Rota a few meters from the marina. It has a great team, a good selection of Italian wines, pastas and homemade desserts in a cozy place.

Reviewed By Aug3 - Vancouver, Canada

After Reading good reviews on this place my wife and I decided to visit for dinner. It was a few minutes drive form where we were staying in Costa Bellena.
This is small restaurant - in fact most of the Seating is outside. We sat on a table on the outdoor plaza that had a beautiful view of the harbor and Cadiz across the bay.
The service and food were very good. The prices were very reasonable and the small wine list had some great local choices. It was a very quiet and scenic dinner experience. I would recommend this highly.

4. O'Grady's Irish Bar

Calle Gravina 5, 11520 Rota, Spain Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards American, Bar, Pub, Irish Dinner, Drinks HK$31 - HK$78 +34 956 81 48 15
Excellent
61%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 65 reviews

O'Grady's Irish Bar

O'Grady's has been in business for over 20 years. It is the only Irish owned Irish bar within 100 miles of Rota. We have 3 beers on tap and 16 in bottle (many of which are Irish, American & Spanish craft beers). Great reputation for serving the best bar food in the local area. Dishes include great burgers, shepherds pie, delicious chicken wings, spicy chicken fajitas, etc.. Big mix of clients including Spanish, American, Irish, German, etc...English & Spanish spoken. TV coverage of all major sports, e.G. Rugby, soccer, NFL, gaelic football, hurling, etc...

Reviewed By Abe259 - Dublin, Ireland

Not fancy, but the burger is the best in Spain. The bahn mi Sandwich is seriously spicy Thai flavor. The wings are crispy and true buffalo flavor - the Thai ones are also tasty. Great beer selection, Guinness on tap. Fun atmosphere.Thanks Abe259 for the great review. Glad you enjoyed your time in the bar.

5. Badulaque

Plaza Jesus de Nazareno N 5, 11520 Rota, Spain Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available Mediterranean, European, Spanish, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$141 - HK$275 +34 636 91 46 33
Excellent
31%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
7%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 163 reviews

Badulaque

Restaurant Badulaque Rota. A delicious place overlooking the sea. Local food with flair. Regional dishes and abroad. Traditional specialties with the fantasy of the new Spanish cuisine, recognized worldwide for its quality and fantasy.Our fish is always very fresh and well prepared. Many coustumers enjoy the dishes of our creative cuisine as: Octopus, grilled using pineapple of Pines. The soft and Aromatic resin pineapple flavor, is simply fantastic. Tuna Sashimi, (Bluefin tuna center prepared to order), is great too. Tuna fish come directly from the Barbate Alamadraba. You have several specialties to try like: Turban of Gilt-head bream, garlic grilled fish, stuffed with king prawns and fresh cream. Seafood Paella, or the stunning Calamari Black Rice. Etc.Ok, if you don't like fish, you still have plenty of possibilities:Tagliatelle al cartoccio (Baked-in-foil pasta with stir-fried seafood), Toasted bread with goat cheese and caramelized onions, Wellington sirloin (Pork cut with foie and ham in a puff pastry). Black pudding Nachos (Fried rice pudding with sweet peppers sauce, cheese and candied apple). Argentinean rib-eye steak...The restaurant offers the most comprehensive selection of quality wines and spirits in Rota. Red wines, premium Gins, matured Rons...

Reviewed By Chris C - Memphis

Great spot on the water in Rota for both lunch and dinner. Excellent dishes including Spainish traditionals to steak and seafood. Full bar and staff speak great English.

6. Arroceria Ballena

Avenida Juan Carlos I S/n | Costa Ballena, 11520 Rota, Spain Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +34 956 84 71 17
Excellent
48%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 184 reviews

Arroceria Ballena

Reviewed By roderick3250 - Mexilhoeira Grande, Portugal

Had to eat here owing to appalling situation in the Barceló hotel. We were welcomed and had a superb dinner. Would seriously recommend this restaurant to anyone.

7. La Retama

avda. Principe de Espana, Rota, Spain Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible Lunch, Dinner
Excellent
28%
Good
53%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
3%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 88 reviews

La Retama

Reviewed By Heba C

I have passed by for almost 4 years! Always full! Finally I stopped to eat there. Fresh seafood and great polite service. We had Croquettes de rabo, boiled Prawns, salcicion de marisco, and fried Acedias. All Delicious! Very clean.. Thank you for providing this service. Great Spanish cuisine.

8. Slice of New York Pizza

Calle San Fernando 12, 11520 Rota, Spain Delivery, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Full Bar Italian, American, Pizza, Fast Food, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$196 +34 956 84 19 02
Excellent
51%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 283 reviews

Slice of New York Pizza

Pizza y comida casera estilo new yorkino. Para lo sepas - NO HAY COMIDA SIN GLUTEN. Es un opinion de un cliente que no puedo cambiar. WE DO NOT HAVE GLUTEN FREE FOOD. for some reason this cannot be changed in categories as it was uploaded by a customer, so i am informing you here.

Reviewed By Abe259 - Dublin, Ireland

My favorite pizza place in the area. Good prices, nice staff. The wait for Delivery can be quite long at the weekend but that's the same everywhere. My husband thinks the tomato sauce on the pizza is sweet but I like it. Good, thin crust. The fries are really good with their homemade ranch, and the wings have been good too. Nice cocktails. My fave is the pepperoni and chicken calzone.

9. Casa Emilio de Rota

Calle del Mina 17, 11520 Rota, Spain Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Drinks HK$71 - HK$432 +34 956 81 16 00
Excellent
60%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 76 reviews

Casa Emilio de Rota

In the historic center of Rota, you can enjoy homemade food and local fresh fish, also you can taste the best wines of the area.

Reviewed By LillianJi - New York City, New York

Had the seafood paella for 2 people for 20 euro and a bottle of house wine. Fast service and friendly staff. Thank you for hosting us.

10. Pizza y pasta

Avenida de la diputacion, Rota, Spain Delivery, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Italian, American, Pizza, Fast Food, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +34 956 84 30 50
Excellent
32%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
5%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 152 reviews

Pizza y pasta

Reviewed By Dennis D - South China, Maine

Found myself here on a business trip. Thought I should check out this place. Ordered. The service was less than good and the food was below average. My meal was cold and very bland. I'm not saying stay away, Just be for warned.

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